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Report: Matt Harrison rehab stint could be lengthened
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Rangers starter Matt Harrison, who has not pitched since making two starts to begin the 2013 season, might be forced to wait a bit longer to return from a rehab assignment after back surgery.

General manager Jon Daniels has not committed to Harrison rejoining the Rangers rotation late next week, which indicates that the left-hander could be forced to make two or three more minor league starts, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

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Dodgers shuffles outfield for game against Giants
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Scott Van Slyke will get a rare start in a crowded Dodgers outfield Thursday against San Francisco. Neither Andre Ethier nor Carl Crawford is in the lineup.

Van Slyke has been productive in 13 at-bats with four hits, including a home run in the opening game in Australia.

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Hanley Ramirez still sidelined after HBP on hand
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez remains out of the lineup with a left hand injury for the Thursday game against San Francisco.

That news comes as no surprise as he has been scheduled to have a further examination of the injury, which was sustained when he was hit by a pitch in the game Wednesday.

Ramirez will attempt to prevent his absence from curtailing his momentum when he does return. He has opened the season on a roll with a stat line of .281/.379/.509 and 11 runs scored.

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Gerardo Parra among those struggling for Arizona
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra has been hitting a bit like many of his teammates recently - and that's not good.

Parra has just 12 hits in his last 58 at-bats and has been inconsistent as well. He has been held hitless in six of the last 13 games and is 1 for 11 in his last three.

He does, however, rank second on the team with 11 runs on the season.

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Report: Manny Machado could play in a rehab game soon
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado could be nearing rehab games, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Machado was able to run the bases without any issues Wednesday. It's one of the final steps before he's able to play in a game. As long as Machado is able to get through the next couple days without any setbacks, he could be in line for an extended spring training game next week. Once he joins a minor-league affiliate, Machado would have 20 days before the team has to activate him.

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Lyle Overbay on paternity leave as Elian Herrera promoted
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Brewers have placed first baseman Lyle Overbay on paternity leave and called up versatile Elian Herrera from Double-A Nashville.

Overbay is off to a miserable start with just two hits in 20 at-bats.

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Mark Reynolds back to old ways with Brewers
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The slump and spate of strikeouts that began plaguing Mark Reynolds around June last season with Cleveland have arrived earlier in 2014.

Reynolds has just one hit - a home run - in his last 16 at-bats with eight strikeouts. His batting average has dipped during that stretch from .286 to .189.

His inability to make consistent contact and propensity for long slumps is what motivated the Indians to dump him last season. It remains to be seen if he recovers enough to prevent the Brewers from doing the same. He has fanned 17 times in 37 at-bats on the year.

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Eduardo Nunez to be called up Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Twins infielder Eduardo Nunez will be called up for Thursday's double header, according to FSN.

Nunez will be the team's 26th man for both games. He'll likely be sent down to the minors following the two games. Nunez was brought over from New York in mid-April.

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Casey Janssen's injury not 'a lot worse'
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Blue Jays reliever Casey Janssen's latest injury is not that bad, according to the Toronto Star.

Manager John Gibbons told reporters that Janssen's injury isn't "a lot worse." He added that Janssen "doesn't feel comfortable enough yet to start cutting it loose." He's expected to be shut down for a few days before he throws again.

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Anthony Rendon justifying faith of manager with hot start
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Matt Williams certainly can't regret using Anthony Rendon as a full-time starter this season. Rendon has justified that decision - at least so far.

Rendon has hit safely in 13 of 15 games for the Nationals and owns an encouraging stat line of .339/.381/.593. He is the surprising team leader with 12 RBI and is tied for the top with five doubles. His .974 OPS is the best among all starters not named Ryan Zimmerman.

He has also shown a decent eye at the plate and an ability to make consistent contact with 10 strikeouts in 59 at-bats.

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